Murdoch17

American 1950s car - 60408 MOD - real world MOC

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Recently I reverse engineered what I could of the 1950's-styled 'lead sled' in upcoming summer 2024 set 60408 - Car Transporter. I didn't have pictures of the rear (and obviously instructions were also a no-go at this time), so improvised as best I could using what I thought looked reasonable for a fifties car. I managed to get 99% of the car built from one picture.

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The front of the car with the vehicle's owner. I can build the car in other colors, (yellow and red are among the possibilities currently) but I'm keeping my lips sealed on what the future holds...

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The rear of the car. Admittedly, I stole the taillights design from this old @hachiroku MOC.

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The inside seats one figure at the wheel.

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Here is the original car from set 60408, which releases this August in the USA. This is the one picture I used to build the car MOC, which was cut from a much larger picture and greatly expanded in size.

...That's all I got. Thoughts, comments, questions, suggestions, and complaints welcome!

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1 hour ago, The Island Chronicles said:

DUDE!!!! I wonder how they did that with the back wheels. I guess I'll have to get the set to find out. 

@The Island Chronicles I struggled with the original set design for some time and couldn't figure out anything past the rear window. That is why my MOD is like it is - the set truly stumped me, so I made do with a design I knew!

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I hadn't even considered how the back wheels would fit before now, since it's probably using the same type of wheel+tire as the front ones.  Maybe using the half offset wheel holder so the tires fit inside 6 wide.  Though the photo looks like the wheel covers are at least half a plate inward from 6 wide (I'd guess - mounted on 4-wide snot bricks with 2 plates under the 2x2 curved tile), so maybe it's using a plain 4 wide wheel holder.

Looking closer though, there's a plate above the rear tires that just does not work if they're the same as the front ones. Unless there's some part I can't think of that looks like a normal 4x6 plate, but has none of the antistud tubes.  Maybe it has tiny rear tires?  That'd be kinda weird.  And not at all the style of car to have a 1 plate rake towards the front.

 

Lego.com images reveal that this set uses the modular front/rear sections so that kinda accounts for the (imo) too long nose on this.  Normal 50s style probably puts the front axle a stud forward of where this has it.  Though I'm not sure you can actually do that with the headlight+fender piece combo.

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17 minutes ago, Stereo said:

I hadn't even considered how the back wheels would fit before now, since it's probably using the same type of wheel+tire as the front ones.  Maybe using the half offset wheel holder so the tires fit inside 6 wide.  Though the photo looks like the wheel covers are at least half a plate inward from 6 wide (I'd guess - mounted on 4-wide snot bricks with 2 plates under the 2x2 curved tile), so maybe it's using a plain 4 wide wheel holder.

Looking closer though, there's a plate above the rear tires that just does not work if they're the same as the front ones. Unless there's some part I can't think of that looks like a normal 4x6 plate, but has none of the antistud tubes.  Maybe it has tiny rear tires?  That'd be kinda weird.  And not at all the style of car to have a 1 plate rake towards the front.

 

Lego.com images reveal that this set uses the modular front/rear sections so that kinda accounts for the (imo) too long nose on this.  Normal 50s style probably puts the front axle a stud forward of where this has it.  Though I'm not sure you can actually do that with the headlight+fender piece combo.

@Stereo I put my car's rear wheels a full stud closer together width-wise to get the look I wanted. I can't imagine LEGO doing it any other way, honestly. And yes, having the wheels any closer to the front is impossible.

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Not sturdy enough to be official, and 3386 doesn't exist in yellow (so I made one side light grey to see how I feel about that) but this is my try at shortening it up a bit.  I like the 3386+2540 combo for inverting studs.

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Sadly no place for the 1x1 plate with tooth on this design, I like the feature it imitates.  Now where's the rounded 1x6 tile...

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18 hours ago, Stereo said:

Not sturdy enough to be official, and 3386 doesn't exist in yellow (so I made one side light grey to see how I feel about that) but this is my try at shortening it up a bit.  I like the 3386+2540 combo for inverting studs.

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Sadly no place for the 1x1 plate with tooth on this design, I like the feature it imitates.  Now where's the rounded 1x6 tile...

It's nice, but not my cup of tea as I prefer the original more, but thanks for posting it @Stereo!

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